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RobinHood
08-06-2011, 01:50 AM
I am headed out tomorrow for my Nevada hunt and got everything in the pack ready to roll. I weighed it with a hanging fish scale and it was heavy... 56 lbs. I am gonna look at it again in the morning and hope to be able to shave a couple pounds.

Just curious what others packs weigh when they head for the backcountry?

T43
08-06-2011, 05:54 PM
I got mine ready with my new gear and came out at 48 Lbs with water and without my bow.

JNDEER
08-08-2011, 03:47 PM
With my BL 4500 I run between 50-60 lbs depending on If I am going solo or with others, but I eat a lot!

A3dhunter
11-18-2011, 08:34 PM
When I had the Kifaru EMR with 5 days was 58 lbs, but the pack alone was 12 lbs of that with the pouches and XTL lid.

Montana
11-18-2011, 09:52 PM
55 lbs. With my rifle. 5 days. I know it's an old link bit I am proud of that pack weight :)

elk*hunter
01-09-2012, 10:30 PM
My knees hurt just reading those weights. I did 7 days at 38# last week of bow season last year and had extra layers and plenty of food that included my bow, binos, and rangefinder. If you plan right and take notes on each time you go out, no matter the game, you can shave weight and save your back and knees. I usually lay everything out then scrutinize every item to save weight, because ounces add up to pounds. Big savers for me include 3# off my pack by "trimming off" unneeded buckles, straps, and compartments, down sleeping bag, titanium pot, and for week long trips just tent fly and poles. Lots of resources in the ultralight backpacking world that can easily be integrated into DIY hunting. Hope to break 35# next year.

WillPower
01-14-2012, 09:02 AM
This past year, I was about 42 pounds for a 8 day hunt using my Badlands 4500 pack. However, this did not include water, my weapon or binoculars/rangefinder and I added another couple pounds of food as this only included my MH meals for dinner. So, for a 5 day hunt, I think I could weigh in around 40-42 pounds, max 45 pounds. Would have to get a lighter pack to break under 40 I think, but like elkhunter, I try to get lighter each year. Good information on his thread as I also take notes and lay everything out before each trip and I take a picture of my gear spread for future reference.

Heck, I'm not sure which is more fun; getting the gear ready or the hunt itself!

WP

ontarget7
01-16-2012, 06:50 AM
For me it is usually between 40 - 45#

nvarcher
01-16-2012, 12:09 PM
Around 50#

backstraps
02-10-2012, 11:00 PM
5 days comfortable 40lbs. Not counting bow, water, and binos

Montana
02-11-2012, 08:04 AM
My knees hurt just reading those weights. I did 7 days at 38# last week of bow season last year and had extra layers and plenty of food that included my bow, binos, and rangefinder. If you plan right and take notes on each time you go out, no matter the game, you can shave weight and save your back and knees. I usually lay everything out then scrutinize every item to save weight, because ounces add up to pounds. Big savers for me include 3# off my pack by "trimming off" unneeded buckles, straps, and compartments, down sleeping bag, titanium pot, and for week long trips just tent fly and poles. Lots of resources in the ultralight backpacking world that can easily be integrated into DIY hunting. Hope to break 35# next year.

Elk Hunter please help.... I am all ears. My note system would blow your mind. I pack by an excel spreadsheet, over the years I have weighed out everything. i could "pack" my bag right now in 20 mins and tell you the exact oz. But I can't shave the weight, I bet I could drop maybe 2-3 lbs in luxury items but 17 lbs boy I am ears.... Here is a list of my big ticket items that quickly come out to 29.27 lbs....

Binos 34 ozs. Swaro, I've thought about getting lightweight less quality for pack trips
Tent 64.37 ozs.
Pack 77.5 ozs
Big Agnes Sleeping bag 45.89 ozs.
Thermarest 25.93
Rifle with scope and loaded 111.09
Tripod 33.51
Spotter 52.03... I know this is my monster. Another Swaro and just having a hard time compromising the quality.
Water I pack in with 24 ozs.

So there she is... 29.27 lbs with just a few things. PLEASE HELP!!!!! :)

chuffness
02-11-2012, 12:23 PM
Over 4lbs for a tent ? Why Kind of tent are you using ? In the pre season when I do over night scouting trips I usually take my 5lb $25 tent. But when Im hunting I take my 1P Six Moon Design weighs 34oz... Thinking of trying out a 16oz bivy this year.


I mostly take the 5lb tent cause its a 2-Person and im usually overnighting it with the dogs.

Montana
02-11-2012, 12:38 PM
It is a 2 person 4 season tent, that weight is with fly and poles. In Montana during rifle I promise you wouldn't be too comfortable in a bivy for 5 days with a foot of snow and 10 degrees... But I don't know maybe you would be... Do you take that tent in those conditions? Again... Trust me, i want to shave the weight but it has to work too...

chuffness
02-11-2012, 01:40 PM
Ahhh. Yeah for a 4-season 2 person that tent seems to be the setup for ya.

I scout the summers and bow hunt the early season. So i stay away from the 4 season tents. With winter backpacking you always seem to be carying more weight then what you can get away with in the earlier months.

Montana
02-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Ahhh. Yeah for a 4-season 2 person that tent seems to be the setup for ya.

I scout the summers and bow hunt the early season. So i stay away from the 4 season tents. With winter backpacking you always seem to be carying more weight then what you can get away with in the earlier months.

I checked out the one you recommended and it is pretty impressive too.... this site is great because you constantly get new info/ideas. Thanks for the tip.

chuffness
02-11-2012, 01:54 PM
Last year I ran a Jet Boil weighing in at 1lb with a full canister of fuel. But all I ever did was just boil water for the mountain house and oatmeal.

This year im gonna try an esbit Titanium plus Ti Snow Peak mug ( 20 oz ) For an over nighter it will weigh 5 oz. For a 5 day ( Solid fuel Tablets weight .5 oz ) it will weight about 8oz

Thats half the weight of my jet boil. Granted I did like the fast boil times with the jet boil. But whats waiting a couple more minues if it will save me half a pound.



Also Ive been running a Katdyn Hiker Filter total weight = 11oz
Gonna try a sawyer filter total weight = 3oz

I only cook with boiling water so my cook system and water filter system is where im gonna try to save some weight this year. We'll see how it works out.

mcseal2
02-11-2012, 05:08 PM
I'll have to find an esbit TI, I've been using the metal one. It works fine with my snow peak mug like yours though.

tommyp
02-11-2012, 09:23 PM
close to 60 lbs. fully loaded 6 days, water in bladder, bino's,tripod, spotter, rifle and ammo.

twp1224
02-14-2012, 03:16 PM
Right under 40lbs. Thats with 1lb of food per day, water, bow, etc. I have an excel spreadsheet as well. If anyone wants a copy they are more than welcome to ask for it.
Aaron

Bitterroot Bulls
02-14-2012, 03:40 PM
Last year I ran a Jet Boil weighing in at 1lb with a full canister of fuel. But all I ever did was just boil water for the mountain house and oatmeal.

This year im gonna try an esbit Titanium plus Ti Snow Peak mug ( 20 oz ) For an over nighter it will weigh 5 oz. For a 5 day ( Solid fuel Tablets weight .5 oz ) it will weight about 8oz

Thats half the weight of my jet boil. Granted I did like the fast boil times with the jet boil. But whats waiting a couple more minues if it will save me half a pound.

Also Ive been running a Katdyn Hiker Filter total weight = 11oz
Gonna try a sawyer filter total weight = 3oz

I only cook with boiling water so my cook system and water filter system is where im gonna try to save some weight this year. We'll see how it works out.

I have tried the tablet stove thing, and it is kind of a bugger. Boil times are much longer, and windy conditions are tough with them. I saved some weight going for the standard Jetboil to the Jetboil SOL ti. It is pretty darn light, everything included. Mine scales out at less than ten ounces, canister included. I save a lot of weight but just taking one full Nalgene of water and Steripen treating as I go. This, of course, depends on the availability of water to sterilize.

Kevin Root
02-14-2012, 04:22 PM
I have tried the tablet stove thing, and it is kind of a bugger. Boil times are much longer, and windy conditions are tough with them. I saved some weight going for the standard Jetboil to the Jetboil SOL ti. It is pretty darn light, everything included. Mine scales out at less than ten ounces, canister included. I save a lot of weight but just taking one full Nalgene of water and Steripen treating as I go. This, of course, depends on the availability of water to sterilize.

I saw the tablet idea in South Cox's EBJ, backcountry. The weight caught my eye but the boil time did not sound very good nor did his comment kind of hard to start. 14 minutes average time to boil in looking up the specs on it. It would be interesting to compare water boiled per 100g fuel but I'm not sure how to calculate it. One could cut out the stove entirely and save weight using wood fires. That is if open fires are allowed. Some of the wilderness areas I go into don't allow them unless the fire is a self contained stove.

I boil water and use my stove only for my heated meals but I'm sticking to my Jetboil SOL ti for now too. Saving weight always is a good idea though and this is a good thread. Thanks everyone for the ideas.

bz_711
02-21-2012, 09:18 AM
New to the forum - and great thread.

Being from IL, I only have two Elk hunts to my name so far and have yet to overnight in the backcountry with camp on my back...but hope to do in the coming years for Elk or Mulies...love the preparation involved with such a hunt.

Great info!

crumy
02-21-2012, 09:43 PM
Last year I took several "practice" trips back into the snowys to prepare for this year as I am committed to going a little farther and I got it down to 40. but that was without a rifle and spotting scope. Only did 2 -3 day trips but packed enough food for 6 just because. I will be investing in a lighter sleeping bag and a good matt.

dead river
02-21-2012, 10:49 PM
While i am green as can be on the western backpacking hunts, i have packed from coast to coast on extended trips (greater than 7 days) and in winter trips. My longest trek was a 20+ day trip where i went 11 days self supported untill we made it to a supply drop location. You learn to do without and you learn what you will not sacrifice. My typical pack weight is 27# or so in spring, summer and fall but it jumps to 38-50# on winter trips. Down sleeping bags, 4 season tents, etc, there is a lot you can do but there is only so much you can do in the climate and weather that some of you are facing. (IMO and stay safe)

This past November in NM was my first backpacking hunt. That changes the game a little...tripod, spotter and gun quickly added weight to my normal set up and there is not a lot of lightweight gear that i have not tried..my pack weight was 43 with water for the day and 2-3 days food and gear. I did have a little of my wifes gear but i think a 40# pack is where i will end up on my future trips our west with a gun. I even sprung for a 5.5# rifle because i am a believer in the saying that an ounce at dawn feels like a pound at dusk...hunting and packing has its own challenges and i am working on new issues myself.

On winter or mountaineering trips, we just accept that the weight is required and we cover less ground than we would in warmer weather.

It cost money to drop weight:
single wall tents would help but they are big $$ and often cut out the vestibule to shave weight
use higher temp rated bag and sleep in LOOSE fitting base layer to provide needed warmth - cuts about a pound
MSR ultralight stoves weigh in at nothing (pocket rocket is will tip a pot but it weighs 3 oz)...
water treatment tables vs. a filter
cut your fork or spoon in half
carry only one small pot - titanium
Orikaso folding bowls weigh 1 oz. i drink coffee from them and eat everything from them.

There is a whole ultralight packing culture out there with a wealth of info, but shaving weight means you sacrifice something.

I ordered a nikon 50ED as a part of my plan next year and will be replacing my bibler fitzroy tent with a new bibler HiLight tent and revisit the hunting clothes to cut out a few oz. It is a challenge in and of itself, so good luck working out what is best for you.



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A3dhunter
02-22-2012, 01:49 PM
When I had the Kifaru EMR with 5 days was 58 lbs, but the pack alone was 12 lbs of that with the pouches and XTL lid.

Just packed up five days worth of gear and was at 45lbs with a kifaru timberline T1 and golite 5 man tipi.

Big improvement over last year.
Treeslayer